The Tao consists
of an infinite number of sparks, or units of
consciousness, that are at once wholly unified
and individual, like the cells of our body.
Some of these sparks are purely potential, and
others have experienced varying degrees and
kinds of realization in the universe and in
the Tao itself. The Tao is the fundamental
creator, and it created the universe to be its
“workshop,” a place where it could manifest
and further know itself. The Tao pervades the
universe with love, which is the animating
force, the fundamental impulse, in all
creation. Our spark, being part of the Tao,
shares in the Tao’s creativity. When we
created our essence, we cast or extended
ourselves from the Tao into the universe in
order to expand the Tao. We explore,
experience, and create in order to actualize
more of the Tao’s potential and bring back to
it a wealth of new knowledge about itself.
Since the Tao’s nature is love, what we are
really about, ultimately, is expanding love.